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    Default Three story toy car garage DIP (Design In Progress)

    This is the start of a “design in progress,” hopefully one dayit will become an actual “work in progress,” as time and fundsallow. SWMBO has allocated funds to things like buying food and other(non-essential) items, so progress is going to be slow, unless, ofcourse, one hits the lotto jackpot.


    Some time ago I had a request for plans for a 3 storey toy cargarage, which prompted me to do a bit of searching here and at thelumberjocks forum.


    Found some plans posted in March 2012 by mric5180 for a 3 storydesign. So I used that to get some measurements. Inevitably thedesign came out very similar to this one and another design posted onlumberjocks forum.


    The devil is in in the details, as they say. Made some changes tothe lift and the barriers on the edges, and designed to use 9mm thickMDF as it is cheap and available.


    Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Anyone who wants to use these plans to build one is welcome to give it a go.


    So, here is the start: PDF copies of the layout of floor plans, sections and details.

    toy_car_garage01 Plan1 (1).pdftoy_car_garage01 Plan2 (1).pdftoy_car_garage01 Plan (1).pdftoy_car_garage01 Section A (1).pdftoy_car_garage01 Section AB (1).pdf

    3d Views, north west and south east

    toy_car_garageNW copy.jpgtoy_car_garageSE copy.jpg

    Detail of lift showing the use of half round dowel as guide rails.

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    Found another example of a toy car garage, this one is commercially made, mass produced item - at least it's not plastic.

    Like the idea at the top, with the way the winch is arranged. Plan to make one similar, with the roof removable in case the winding mechanism jams up.

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    If you are still reading this far, I have an idea of using magnets at each floor to temporarily hold the lift in place as it is winched up to each floor and the car is driven out. No details yet, will have to work it out as i go. Have to do a search to see what kind of magnets are available.

    Bought a sheet of fridge magnet material some time ago, it is quite flexible and about a millimeter thick, but not very strong, which may be an advantage. As we know from years of experimenting, magnets only grab when they get really close, which again works to our advantage.

    Ciao for now.

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    Have a look at this thread with a multi storey carpark made as Christmas presents last year...

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    That garage looks great hope you get around to building it.

    Like you I drew some plans in sketchup which I will eventually convert to a PDF file see below for my design

    toy garage 14.jpgtoy garage 15.jpgtoy garage 13.jpg

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    If you are interested, you can also have a look at a garage I build some time ago.

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    The design looks really good so far. You could use rare earth magnets to hold the lift in place at each floor. Just put one in the wall of the lift shaft at each floor and either another one or a flat top screw in the wall of the lift to line up with it. You would need to set up the drive mechanism to be able to power the box assembly both up and down, as the magnets would hold on very tightly at each position rather than free fall when released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crowie View Post
    Have a look at this thread with a multi storey carpark made as Christmas presents last year...

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    Looks great - like the idea for the lift winding mechanism, allow the lift to be wound up as well as down, instead of being allowed down under its own wheight.

    Also reminds me of the old fashioned sash windows - rather elborate system of pulleys and counterweights.

    Thanks to pogo02 for the link to his WIP - found it earlier when researching. Great effort.

    Thanks for the suggestion from treecycle about the rare earth magnets, which if I believe are really strong. Maybe it's becoming a bit too complicated. Best to keep things simple.

    Now thinking that a closed loop mechanism (with a spring to keep a small amount of tension) would have just enough friction to hold the lift in place at each floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalboy View Post
    That garage looks great hope you get around to building it.

    Like you I drew some plans in sketchup which I will eventually convert to a PDF file see below for my design

    toy garage 14.jpgtoy garage 15.jpgtoy garage 13.jpg
    Great design, thanks for sharing.

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    Default New plans for the design in progress, including sketchup files

    Progress in the 3 story toy car garage design.

    A4 size PDF copies of the plans below:

    Plan 1 & 2 Ground floor layout, first floor, second floor, third floor.

    Parts showing the dimensions of the walls.

    Cut list showing a sheet of 9mm thick MDF, allowing 5mm gap for sawcuts.

    toy_car_garage01-plan2.pdf
    toy_car_garage01-section-a.pdf
    toy_car_garage01 Parts.pdf
    toy_car_garage01-plan1.pdf
    toy_car_garage01 cutlist.pdf
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    Step 1 shows the lift shaft. Propose to use half round dowels as guide with corresponding v-groove cut into the car lift. Note the use of battens to support the second and third story.

    toy-car-garage-step2.jpg
    Step 2 shows the car lift, a simple open ended box. The v-grooves on either side for the guides on the inside of the lift walls.

    toy-car-garage-step3.jpg
    Step 3 shows the layout of the ground floor.

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    Step 4 shows the first floor in place.

    Have to end here, will post the next few steps as time allows.

    Working on the design of the winch assembly, which should be removable part for repair and maintenance.

    Have fun making wooden toys.

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    Thanks for the update Tony, coming along nicely. I am just starting to produce toys for our club to give away to one of our local charities at Christmas.
    I hope I will have enough time to have a go at your garage to maybe include with them.
    Thanks for your plans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    Thanks for the update Tony, coming along nicely. I am just starting to produce toys for our club to give away to one of our local charities at Christmas.
    I hope I will have enough time to have a go at your garage to maybe include with them.
    Thanks for your plans.
    Sounds great Treecycle, look forward to seeing the results, of all the toys, that is, even if you don't get to make the garage.

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    Default Update to the toy car garage design in progress

    How to make the winch to raise and lower the toy car lift. Sounds simple enough, simply stick a crank on the end of a dowel stick and wind a piece of cord around it.But it becomes apparent that will just not do, so I decided to try out a few ideas, and made a mock-up from 6mm MDF.Both photos show the winch mechanism without a roof, which is attached to the removable part.The third image is a screenshot from Sketchup showing the winch drum as a simple dowel, with the slots in the gable sides.Image #4 with the locking mechanism (for want of a better description) shown dark green, to be attached to the underside of the roof. That way, lift the roof off to gain access to the winch drum.Also included the Sketchup file.
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    Plenty of thought has gone in to that Tony. I like the Sketchup file you have included with all the scenes to look through the build up.
    Cheers,
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    Lot of thought gone into this one Tony!!

    Things are coming along very well!!!

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    Has there been any progress on this Tony?

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